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BoatTEST.com Partners with "SeaSafe Group™"

Extended Service Contracts You Can Trust

Abouta year ago, we began searching for a reliable company that soldcomprehensive "extended service" contracts on boats, engines, andmarine equipment at a fair price. After months of investigation, wefound a terrific company and now we are partnering with them to offeryou what we think is the best program in the industry.

The SeaSafe™extended service policies are designed by boaters for boaters, andoffer you a wide menu of products including engine coverage andcomponents coverage policies that are available for smallboats to 65-footers...Find out more.

Advantages of Neptunus Motoryachts
High-Tech, Semi-Custom Yachts at a Good Price...See Video

Hooka the Whole Family Underwater
 
New Dive System Eliminates Tanks and is Low-Cost...See Video

New Azimut 55 Motoryacht
It Has an Exciting Interior with Sleek Italian lines...See Video

New Raymarine Sat HDTV
Designed for Boats 35'+ with 18" Dome...See Video

Center Console Buying Check List
What to Look for When Buying a Center Console...See Video

New MJM 29 – Down East Beauty
Good Social Characteristics and Goes Offshore...See Video
Jefferson Rivanna 50 Cruiser
A Traditional Design with Salty Charm...See Video

Viking Owners Dominate Big Game Series
Viking Yachts Wins the WBS "President's Cup"...See Video

New McKinna 60 & 69
So New They Aren't Here Yet – a Sneak Peek...See Video

An Italian Classic in Wood
Built on Lake Como and It Turns All Heads...See Video

New Hatteras 77 Convertible
A Battlewagon for Long Range Fishing...Video #1


New Hatteras 77 Enclosed Flybridge
A VERY Well Designed Sky Lounge/Helm...Video #2

Bayliner Promotion
Spotlight on BoatTESTS

This week's most Popular Tests on BoatTEST.com. Click on the model to find out why:

Back Cove
Back Cove 26, Back Cove 29

Baja
192 Islander, 23 Outlaw, 30 Outlaw, 35 Outlaw, 405

Cobalt
200, 232, 24 SX, 263, 343

Glacier Bay
2240 Renegade SX, 2260 Canyon Runner, 2640 Renegade, 2665 Canyon Runner, 2670 Isle Runner

Sabre Yachts
38 Express, 42 Express, 42 Sedan


Thinking of Purchasing a Boat? Get a Background Check First

Find out if your dream boat has been stolen, in an accident, salvaged after a hurricane, or hit a public record for some other reason. It could be the smartest used boating buying decision you ever made. Just enter the hull identification number (HIN) and get any public details on the boat before you buy. Click Here for Report

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Global Marine Insurance is an agency that specializes only in marine insurance, and has been in business since 1989. Over the years they have built up a solid reputation amongst professionals in the marine industry, and that is why BoatTEST.com recommends them to you.



New Ferretti 881 Motoryacht
The Ferretti 881 Motoryacht is a Mk II version of the beautiful 880 which was introduced several years ago. The big difference is the master stateroom which is the most innovative we have ever seen in this size motoryacht.  The boat is full of practical innovations such as the "teak beach" and a separate room for ship's systems equipment.  Overall the engineering and the attention to detail is second to none. See review and read article. Video #1 on interior living spaces. Video #2 on flying bridge, "teak beach" engine room and crew's quarters.

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World Cat 270 TE
For tournament capability, great handling and rough water fishing, the 270TE from World Cat is hard to beat. This catamaran provides an ideal fishing platform for the serious angler. The TE version we tested had an optional fiberglass top. We have tested the World Cat 270TE before, but I was pleased to test this model again with twin BF225 horsepower Honda outboards, which had some serious power. As expected, World Cat performed with precision and proved her offshore design is not only rugged, but comfortable enough to bring along the family on your outings. To view test click here



New Laguna B-190
The Laguna B-190 has 360-degrees of fishability and is powered with Mercury's 115-hp EFI Four-Stroke outboard. The layout offers dedicated casting space at the bow and the stern. The Deluxe Center Console features six vertical rod holders, Mercury SmartCraft SC1000, and room for more electronics. The best part is that the package deal includes the boat, motor and trailer and comes in at a price that competes with others that still lack many of the items which are on Laguna's standard list. View B-190 test.


Click here to view all Laguna tests.


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Everglades 350CC

In case you haven't noticed, there are almost as many CC-builders as there are customers these days.  Not only that, but  because the competition is so keen a dozen or more companies are building truly top-notch boats, and furiously copying each other after the latest boat show. Enter the new Everglade 350 Center Console.  It became one of the boats to check out at the Miami Boat Show, and now we have tested it.  This boat is definitely not for everyone, and that is part of its appeal.

Check out our Everglades 350 CC test.






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BoatTESTSTORE.com adds "Towers in a Box" to its "Recommended List"

For 25 years, Atlantic Towers has been one of the marine industry's most respected names in fabricated aluminum products. That's why BoatTEST.com has partnered with Atlantic to offer you pre-fabricated "T-Tops" and Arches at a fraction of the cost of custom-made units. These structures are now available in three distinct product categories: Trampoline T-Top, Transom Mounted Arch, and Fishing Arch.
Tower in a Box, quickly adjusts to fit a wide range of boats and are available right now, at BoatTESTSTORE.COM. Click here to watch Steve Tull, design engineer for Atlantic Towers introduce the T-Tops.

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Reading Improves the Mind-- Check Out These Page Turners

Have The Whole Boat: The Insiders Guide to Private Yacht Charter Vacations, by Kim Kavin

This comprehensive guide to yacht charting notes at the outset that cruise ships have become very popular vacation venues for a group of friends, but that you can charter a yacht, with crew, for six or eight people for the same money or less, and "Have the Whole Boat." Kim, who is a charter columnist for PMY and has her own charter website, covers virtually everything a first-time charter customer should know and has a good list of charter companies to check out in the appendix. She also has a good section on tipping for crewed charters. Most important, you can now charter sailboats all over the world, and she discusses the destinations. Thankfully, the light bulb is beginning to go on in the heads of these companies and powerboats are slowly being added to the fleets around the world. Click here to order the book.

Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned and Finally Murdered Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronow by Thomas and Charlene Mitchell Burdick

Talk about a "Cold Case" file, here's one for you. We're told that there is a movie coming out soon on Cigarette's founder (and also the founder of Donzi, Magnum, and several others) -- Don Aronow. If you will recall, Don was murdered in his black Mercedes sports car on 188th street in Miami after a long career of offshore powerboat racing, starting off numerous boat companies, and the invention of the modern high-performance boat. Only a few people really know who actually put out the contract on Don, and they have yet to talk on the record. But the account of his career in this book is as accurate and as close to the truth as you are likely to get. He was undoubtedly the most charismatic person in the boat industry while he was alive and he loved the role he played. Order this book.




Earthrace Picks Up Steam – US/Brazil Make Bio-Fuel Deal
 
Monday, April 16, 2007
Day:  37
Distance Traveled:  8227 NM
Behind World Record:  3613  NM
 
The email system on the boat has been out of satellite range for the past 5 days and there has not been a Capt.'s Blog update since April 11.  The boat has cut down its distance behind the record holder by about 400 miles in the last week, so perhaps our luckless friends have a chance. In any case, they are promoting the use of bio-diesel and perhaps the Bush administration decided to jump on the bandwagon.
The US and Brazil account for 70% of the ethanol made in the world and have agreed to share technology. (Or, was this just a Bush photo-op?) FYI – The US has a $0.54 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol. (Brilliant policy!  As they say, "Only in America.")
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Book Now for Summer Charter
Bareboat Power Charters Are Growing...Where and $

Justice is Blind...Once Again
Will Recreational Boaters Disregard Judge Judy?...You Bet!

3 Boating Accidents, 3 Dead
Safe Boating is No Accident--YOU Are in Command!...Must Read

Ron Pickle Dies of Cancer
He Made Major Contributions to Boat Building ...Read More

Island Global Yachting Expands Again
Montauk Yacht Club is the Company's Latest Buy...Read More

Catch-and-Release -- Alive Not Dead!
If You Really Care, Get a Special Landing Net...Read Where

Baja Introduces the 315 Performance for 2008
Baja Zeros-in on Performance with Amenities...Read About it

Seaswirl Invests in New Boat Designs
West Coast Builder Comes East and Enters New Markets...Read More

New Boat Deals Abound
Discounts, Rebates, and Real Deals...Check Them Out

Migrant Smugglers Get 12 Years in the Slammer
34 People in a 36' "Go-Fast" Boat; One Dies from Pounding...Read More

World's First Undersea Restaurant Opens
Book Now Before the Word Gets Out...See Pix

Underwater Video Camera for Fish
Never Give a Fish an Even Break – Spy Now...See It

Bill Robinson, Former Editor of Yachting, Passes
Naval Hero, Sportswriter, Author, Yachtsman, Editor-Extraordinaire...Read More

New Bio-Diesel Plant Planned
Targeted to Gulf Work Boats...Read More

Our Favorite Bass Fishing Tournament!  
Here's a Tournament in Which Everyone Wins...Find Out How

Century Introduces 3200 Offshore
Beamy 32 Intended to Pamper Anglers...Read More

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